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Zimsec prints exam documents in the UK

The Zimbabwean examination committee (Zimsec) prints part of the November public investigation papers in the United Kingdom to prevent leakage, as has been shown.

Zimsec has its own print facility in Norton and also contracts Fidelity printers for printing O & # 39; – and A-level exam papers.

Eddie Mwenje, the chairman of the examination committee, although not confirming that some of the exam articles this year will be printed in the UK, said it was not the first time that Zimsec contracted out.

"We are outsourcing and we have always been outsourcing and this is not the first time," he said.

"Zimsec studies quite a few students and there is level 7, form 4 and A" level and that is quite a lot.

"The printing facility that we set up in Norton is almost complete and therefore we could not print all the things here.

& # 39; We print some things with our other machines, but we could not print everything and therefore we also have to outsource externally. & # 39;

Mwenje said that they followed a comprehensive approach to stop the leakage of research papers.

Last year, O & # 39; Level English Paper 2 was leaked and the 260,000 candidates were rescued from rewriting the exam after the Supreme Court had condemned the ministry of primary and secondary education.

Zimsec stopped printing examinations outside the country in 2005 after a truck with its shipment was hijacked in South Africa.

According to a letter from the then director of the Zimsec, Happy Ndanga to the then government administration, the vehicle with question sheets was hijacked in South Africa in 2005 after the papers were printed by Kadimah Trading Company.

This delayed the investigations and the government ordered Zimsec to use Fidelity printers.

Zimsec tried to outsource the service in 2010, but was rejected by the government, which recommended Fidelity and Printflow.

Zysec spokesperson Nicky Dhlamini justified the decision of the examining body to re-outsource after years of local printing.

"Printing questionnaires for national research in each country must be done in a safe place using efficient machines," she said.

"Printing demand letters outside the country is meant to comply with this while we complete the installation of our own secure printing press."

Dhlamini said Zimsec had taken measures to stop the permanent leak of exam papers.

"In every country where examinations determine the career of its subjects, there are potential leaks in the research," she added.

"You only have to go to the internet to see the number of countries in Europe, Asia, etc. that have had leaks in the research.

"The measures were introduced to prevent leakages and also how they should be managed.

"These are: we have printed our issues with a high input off-shore, we will deliver questions to the examination centers on the day of the research.

"We also plan to have super invigilators in centers that will be employed by Zimsec.

"Heads of centers collect exam questions from cluster centers, which store questionnaires for a number of centers.

"The issuing authorities of issues will be a team that will be led by a Zimsec official when dealing with issues.

"Head of the centers only have access to the issues in the morning of each investigation and those scripts will be collected shortly after an exam has been written."

Dhlamini said that centers that were too far away from others were given the status of single-center storage and would be manned by Zimsec, police or local staff.

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